Mr. K told CPTers that since the crackdown on demonstrations in
Suleimaniya, Kurdish security forces had been abducting and beating protesters
and journalists. He said the
biggest problem now is not the presence of a greater number of security forces,
but that people are feeling scared, intimidated, discouraged, and helpless. When the young people see the forces in
the square and market, he said, they understand what the Kurdish people
experienced under Saddam Hussein.